In recent years, a therapy called NAD+ IV Drip Therapy has been hitting the headlines. Dubbed the ‘elixir of life’, this therapy has been said to turn back the clock on aging, halt the progress of neurodegenerative diseases and even cure alcohol dependency. But what is NAD+ IV Drip Therapy, and does it really help with all of these problems?
What Is NAD+?
NAD+ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a metabolic co-enzyme which has the vital role of structuring, repairing and remodeling every cell in the body. This is a hugely important job, and to keep them working to their full potential, these enzymes need constant replenishment. However, certain conditions can deplete them, leading to a wide range of health issues.
What Is The Role Of NAD+ In The Body?
There is a particular group of enzymes called sirtuins which play a crucial role in aging. They appear to ‘switch off’ genes that promote aging (such as those that cause fat synthesis and storage). Research has been done that suggests that NAD+ is important in the creation and activation of sirtuins. Certainly, it is agreed that low NAD+ levels lead to a swifter aging process, and an increase in NAD+ levels may help to reduce signs of aging, such as loose skin, thinning hair and failing eyesight.
A study carried out in 2010 found that intense exercise decreases NAD+ levels. When participants took a supplement which increased their NAD+ levels, exercise performance and ‘time to fatigue’ (the time it took before the body was exhausted) improved too. More research needs to be done, but current thought is that increased NAD+ levels increase athletic performance.
Link With Chronic Illness And Neurodegenerative Disease
Low NAD+ levels deplete your cell’s energy reserves. This can then lead to cell death. Why does this matter? Well, too much cell death can cause much worse problems. For example, if your heart cells are affected, cardiovascular disease can manifest. When nerve cells are affected, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis can be the result.
NAD+ is crucial in the metabolism of alcohol in the liver. Hydrogen is transferred from the alcohol to the NAD+, transforming it into NADH. Too much of this can cause an imbalance between the NAD+ and NADH, leading to severe liver problems.
Eating inflammatory foods, breathing in polluted air and other exposure to toxins can damage cells. Bountiful amounts of NAD+ leads to an increase in those sirtuins that can reverse this damage and protect those cells. This is hugely important in preventing illness and disease that come from cell damage.